Spring Classes for Kids and Adults- Register Now

At Home in the Woods: Make yourself at home in the woods! Join us for 5 weeks of adventure and challenge as we find wild foods, make tools and baskets from natural materials, practice the skills of lost- proofing so you can always find your way home, and learn to build a safe fire in 5 minutes, no matter what. We’ll practice using our eyes like an owl, our ears like a deer and our nose like a bear so we’ll know our woodland home as well as the animals do.
Five Sundays – 4/15, 4/29, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10
12:00 – 4:00 PM – $175 for 5 sessions
Limited to 12 children ages 8-12


Sit Spot (For Adults): Uncovering Nature in Your Own Backyard

Are you looking to make a better acquaintance the wild residents of your own backyard?

This class will introduce you to the concept of the sit spot, guide you in finding one, and support you in your first 60 days of experiencing the sit spot as you get acquainted with a world that is literally hiding outside your door.

You will discover simple practices that reveal your backyard as a vast wilderness filled with a huge cast of characters and stories of epic proportions – who is eating who, the surprising ongoing conversations that are led by the songbirds, and monitored by nearly every creature, how plants and animals find creative protection from harsh conditions or locate hidden sources of food. Even more surprising you might notice that nature shines a light on the workings of our inner life and that there are insights waiting for you outside if you just sit and observe.

We will meet once a month for 3 months at Heldeberg Workshop to learn the basics of the sit spot practice and the skills that go along with it nature including awareness and observation techniques, the art of timeless wandering, bird language, the same exciting awareness, sneaking and hiding games I play with the children in my summer classes and even a wilderness survival skill or two.

In the first class, you will be given everything you need to establish your own sit spot and journaling practice at home. Between classes, I will be available by phone and email to support you and answer questions.

Three Sundays – 4/22, 5/27, 6/24
1:00 – 4:00 PM – $80 for 3 Sessions
Course for adults

Instructor: Steve Young

Steve has been visiting his sit spot most days since 1994. He is a graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program, an extensive home study program in the art of building a long-term relationship with a sit spot and with the plants, animals that live there. Steve is a relentless tracker of his own inner landscape as it is reflected by the daily installments of the great story of nature and it’s inhabitants.

He has been leading the popular “Forest Ninjas”, “Way of the Cooper’s Hawk and “At Home in the Woods” classes for children at Heldeberg Workshop for 4 years and has recently diversified into adult classes.

Archery: Learn the basic shooting techniques when using professional recurved bows. These are the same bows used in national shooting competitions and the Olympics. Practice calculating scores and improving from one week to the next. Candy shoots and our last day shooting competition keep students engaged as they become lifelong participants of the sport.

Five Sundays – 4/15, 4/29, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10
12:00 – 3:00 PM – $135 for 5 sessions
Limited to 12 students grades 7-12
Instructor: Kevin McFerran (4/15, 4/29. 5/20) and Claire Pusatere (6/3, 6/10)